Reconciliation Action Plan

On Thursday 26th June 2014 MHCC formally embarked on the journey towards their first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) enlisting the support of Reconciliation Australia, by way of joining their RAP program.

View the MHCC Reconciliation Action Plan

(endorsed by Reconciliation Australia)

Through the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program, organisations develop plans that document what they will do within their organisation and/or sector to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) outline practical actions organisations will take to build strong relationships, enhance respect and create opportunities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The RAP program has a strong emphasis on organisations across Australia to turn their good intentions into real action.  Reconciliation Australia are there to support and guide the organisation through the RAP program process.

MHCC held a RAP Planning Workshop Day with all staff keen to provide input and gain a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples culture and the inequity they face today.

The planning day was a great success and informed the making of MHCCs first draft of the MHCC Innovate Reconciliation Action to be implemented in 2014-2016. A working group was also formed to ensure the RAP was progressed and to provide oversight for the implementation of the proposed actions MHCC would undertake during our RAP journey.

The RAP program has a strong emphasis on organisations across Australia turning their good intentions into real actions, and it is through the RAP program Reconciliation Australia are able to support and guide organisations through the process.

How did the RAP program start?

The RAP program was launched in 2006 by Professor Mick Dodson and former Prime Minister John Howard, as a forward-looking aspect of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. The 1967 referendum was a momentous turning point in Australian history, altering the Australian Constitution to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census and giving the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More than 90 per cent of Australian people voted ‘Yes’ for the Australian Government’s proposition.*

Our vision for reconciliation

MHCC develops a culture that is inclusive and welcoming of Aboriginal and/or Torres Islander Peoples and promotes cultural safety and diversity in all its activities through building relationships, showing respect and creating sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Islander Peoples and consumers with lived experience alike.

By sharing our experience of undertaking a RAP we hope to increase our ability to influence our members and external stakeholders to learn from our experience and make use of the resources we provide.

Project learnings

Going through the process of implementing a RAP gave us the opportunity to formally record the activities undertaken and implemented. This enabled us to reflect on and explore future improvements, actions and plans that we can draw on to further contribute to promoting and embracing reconciliation. These include supporting Constitutional Recognition, and helping MHCC staff and sector workers to better understand why there is a divide between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.The Report includes reflections and learnings from those who participated in the RAP process both from the Advisory Working Group and MHCC staff members.